After Church on Sunday we jumped into Hi Ho Silver
and headed south again. We spent the night at Rundi’s then the 3 of us headed further south. Our final destination was The Newport Performing Arts Center, Newport Oregon for the 7th Street Players of NIS and INMS presentation of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”
This was Reegan’s end of the year school play. And as always the whole family participated. Cari did costumes and props, Volunteer organizer and set finalization, Harlyn was staging assistance at the PAC, Reegan was one of the Harem girls and Ella was the second hump in the camel (North end headed south) The young man who played the Genie did a great “Elvis”. It was a great show and well worth the trip.
Between the last rehearsal and the first performance the girls got to relax and blow off a little steam at the playground next to the PAC.
We spend the night with Harlyn’s family and then they went off to practice the next morning and Barbara, Rundi and I headed north towards home. Dropped Rundi off and we made it safely home.
Memorial Day weekend we left home on Thursday headed south to our favorite layover stop Rundi’s
We met up with Harlyn’s family for our belated family Christmas outing. We went to the NW Children’s Theater
to see Little Red “Riding Hood”
It was set in 1958 and was the story of Ruby “Red” who wanted to take shop class and not home economics. How her battle with the “accepted norm” work out as she and her “Rosie the Riveter” type grandmother
We then went back to Rundi’s and Harlyn and Cari fixed a wonderful BBQ dinner. We all (at least I did) eat way too much of the delicious food. We all departed and went our separate ways home. Rundi of course got to take a nap when we all left/
Barbara and I drove up the Columbia River to Astoria, stopping along the at estate and garage sales. In Astoria we had lunch and the “River View Lounge, Buffet and BBQ on the pier”. Nice view even though it was overcast. We then headed on towards home across the 2 mile bridge at the mouth of the Columbia.
9 hours for the normal 2.5 hour drive home from Rundi’s
Friday morning I jumped into good ole faithful
and headed south. Barbara couldn’t go as she had other commitments
I stopped in Chehalis to visit my cousin Leona then on south so spend the night at Rundi’s. I had some spare time before she got home from work and I had some errands to run in Portland to I visited a couple of the old houses we lived in. The first one was
Next was the last home we lived in before we moved to Kent
Saturday morning Rundi and I headed for McMinnville, Or to the Evergreen Space Museum
And the purpose of this trip was another Lego event, this time with Ella.
They are the “Brick Stackers”
We all waited with them
They had a short opening ceremony with the introduction of all the teams.
The team was taken into the room where their display was along with “Special guests”.
They were asked questions about their display
and more of the same, notice dad in the background taking photos
After the showing and explaining we had time to tour the Space museum and see some of the displays
They have a neat shuttle
And of course the main attraction
Then back to Rundi’s and then home to watch the opening of the F1 Series from Melbourne Australia
After serving at the Kent Bishops’ Storehouse Saturday we climbed in to Hi Ho
and headed east. We were headed to Scottsdale for the Arabian horse show.
First of course we had to go through Oregon. This is what we woke up to in Pendleton.
We stopped in Nampa, ID to have lunch with my sister Jill, her granddaughter Sydnee, my niece Stephanie and her husband Roger. After we figured out Barbara could be the “Agent of death” we headed on east then south. We spent the second night in Jackpot NV. Driving down Nevada we came across this “stop”
then on to Las Vegas for the third night. We decided to take a side trip and drive down onto Hoover dam.
Then on to Jerry & Jane’s for our base of operations. We got to visit the Gilbert Arizona Temple open house
Then we had dinner in Mesa AZ at an Old LDS chapel that has been converted to a restaurant and reception house.
They have a great salad ROOM.
It seemed a little funny eating dinner in the old chapel. Wonderful old windows.
Finally we attended our first day at the Arabian horse show.
All of Brooklyn’s events were in the Equidome.
Friday night of the show Jerry & Jane came to the show. Some good friends who now live in Glendale, Dan and Melissa McAfee, came to visit with us as the show also.
The show lasted 5 days for us. On Saturday afternoon, my brother Jerry and his wife Jane hosted a BBQ for all the gang from the “Stables”. They also picked fresh citrus to take home (and some we ate there)
Sunday morning we went to church with Albert and Donna Jean in Apache Junction. Good to see them again. I have know them since the mid 60′s.
Monday evening we had dinner at the Texas Roadhouse in Mesa. A friend of ours from Kent, Ashley, works there and we were able to eat in her section. Great food and even greater service.
Tuesday morning we are off headed west (kind of). We went to Yuma for more site seeing
They had a list of some of the famous prisoners. Here are two.
After we left Yuma we headed toward Palm Desert to visit some friends and drop off fresh citrus to be shipped to Alaska. Not far north of El Centro we were stopped by a border patrol check point. About a mile before the actual checkpoint we passed about 30 portable cameras that took pictures of everything. When we got to the checkpoint more cameras and lots of dogs. We were waved through by a not too friendly agent. We found out later that a border patrol agent had been shot in San Diego the evening before. As we approached our friends place and were waiting at the light to make a left hand turn, a border patrol pickup pulled over a car, one of the agents jumped out of the passenger’s side of the pickup even before it had made a complete stop, gun in hand, and ran towards the stop car. The light then changed for us and we got out of there. Never did hear any more about that.
More driving west on I-10 and trough LA and to the Pacific Coast Highway. Stopped at McDonald’s, Malibu (they have a great view of the ocean). We took a side trip up Malibu Canyon into the Santa Monica mountains. We come to a County/State/Federal park that was the site of King Gillette’s old mansion.
Some famous people have property up here.
Then on to 101, right through down town San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge
We stopped near Santa Rosa and had lunch with a longtime ( I would say old but that would get me in trouble) friend Marsha and her grandson. Another night on the road and then north towards the Giant Redwoods.
The least we paid for gas was $2.99 per gallon in Las Vegas and the most in California
There are wild Elk just north of here.
Another night on the road then one more night at Rundi’s then home. After we left Baker City at the first part of the trip we had great weather until just before Olympia as we got home.
15 days and over 4100 miles we had a great time. Thanks to all who helped us.
Friday afternoon we jumped into good ole faithful Hi Ho Silver
and headed south to Rundi’s to spend the night. The next morning our trip continued with Rundi added as a passenger. We drove along the Oregon coast
and had some wonderful views.
Our destination was Newport, OR to see the Coastal Act Productions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Harlyn was the music director this year
and Reegan played numerous parts.
Reegan played a child in the Pharaoh’s court
and one of Jacob’s grandchildren
but her lead role was the goat who was killed to put blood on Joseph’s coat
This lead us to tell her she needed a better agent. In “Titanic the Musical” she was a 3rd class passenger who died when the ship sank. In “Alice” she was a clam that was eaten, and now slaughtered in this play. She seems to be cast in roles she “dies for”.
After the afternoon performance we took the 2 girls for something to eat and then dropped them off for their final show. Barbara, Rundi and I headed back to Rundi’s for the night.
They won the right to represent their region in the state competition. They get a robot and then they add to it with Lego pieces to do a series of “Missions”.
They had 3 tables set up for the action.
Each mission lasted 2 minutes 30 seconds.
The action was shown on the “Jumbo-tron”
Two team members ran the robot and the others looked on.
We all had a great time and it was VERY enjoyable to see and the interest the kids had. “We will get them next year”.
Then we headed back to Rundi’s for the night and them home for the two of us.
The tree was up
and the stockings were hung up the staircase with care.
The Saturday before Christmas I had the privilege of serving at the Kent Washington Bishops’ Storehouse. When I got home, Barbara had everything ready to go and we jumped into good ole “Hi Ho Silver”
and headed south to Rundi’s. KFC for dinner on the road and finally Rundi’s. Good night’s sleep then off to Newport Oregon to attend our youngest grandchild, Ella’s baptism.
She looked beautiful in the dress Grandma made for her and the new shoes her Aunt Rundi got for her.
It was a great program with the whole family being involved. Grandma Colleen lead the music, Aunt Rundi gave the opening prayer, Grandma Barbara gave the talk on baptism, her father baptized her
with Grandpa Orson and Grandpa Jack as witnesses. Then uncle Spencer gave the talk on the Holy Ghost and her dad confirmed her with the aid of the two grandfathers, her uncle and two others. Grandma Colleen again lead the music for the closing song and her BIG sister Reegan gave the closing prayer.
We then had some very good homemade soup and other tasty goodies. Rundi, Barbara and I took off headed north to Rundi’s again.
Monday we had a lazy day then off to look at Christmas lights in the Vancouver WA area. This was after we got the lights on Rundi’s naivety display working again.
Tuesday was another not too busy day then we were off to see “Saving Mr. Banks” at the Cinetopia Theater at Vancouver Mall.
This is a movie place where you sit in a lounge area, order dinner and then watch the movie. Great movie using your whole range of emotions. We then went home and snuggled in and waited for Santa.
Christmas morning we had McDonald’s for breakfast, open gifts,
talked to family and got ready for one of our Christmas traditions.
One of our (my) favorite Christmas shows is “Christmas Story”
and so now we go to a Chinese restaurant for our dinner.
Great food and good company as Dan and his wife Ping joined us. She has recently come to the US from China so she ordered and we all ate very well.
Back to Rundi’s and then more Hallmark Christmas Chick Flicks, and to bed.
Headed home on Thursday and “A good night to all”
Happy New Year
Hi Ho Silver became “Quick Silver” this last weekend.
I left home headed for Mayfield, Idaho (a very small community between Boise and Mtn. Home).
Purpose was to scatter our father’s ashes in “Cowboy” country overlooking the Old Oregon Trail.
I got into Mtn. Home Saturday morning and took a drive around town. I drove by the home our family bought new in 1955. They paid $9950.00 for a two bedroom, one bath with a full unfinished basement. I lived there from the 5th grade through high school.
Then I drove over to visit with Bruce, my step-dad. There is a tree in his front yard that has been there for a very long time. The first time we saw it was in 1978 when we were visiting from Australia. It is much larger now.
On the way to church, saw this interesting sign at the local truck dealer.
Church Sunday morning where I met up with an old friend who I went to high school with, then on to the Stage Stop, our meeting place at 2PM. While we were waiting for all to arrive, our sister Jamie called from Costa Rica, where she now lives.
We then convoyed out into the county, off the paved road and onto trails.
We reached the top of one of the hills which had been scouted out and chosen a few weeks earlier by our sister Janice. The weather was perfect, high 60’s, blue skies and of course the wind which always blows there. This made the scattering of the ashes much easier.
Kenny, who is the baby in the family, was chosen to do the honors. As the ashes were scatter we released balloons, brought by our other sister Jill. A few comments were made to each other, a joke or two about the area and how heavy the ashes were. You get to imagine others.
Dinner with Kenny (our baby brother, who by the way is a granddad) and his family then I took off for home. Arrived home Monday evening, it was a great trip coming home. Nice blue skies, in the 60’s, great fall colors, very little road works and even fewer “idiots” on the road.
Barbara and I headed south to Newport for the Lincoln County Fair.
Harlyn arranged a VERY nice room at one of the local places he does business for.
Reegan is in a 4H horse club
and we went to watch her do her thing.
Ella also got to ride after the 4H events.
We had great weather for all three days we were there. Friday was Cari’s birthday and all her family drove in to surprise her. We had chicken and others goodies, along with a cake.
A great time was had by all. Then Saturday morning we had another “party” at their home with the catering being done by the chef at the Lodge Harlyn does work for. Then home for Barbara and I.
Thursday morning we again jumped into “Hi Ho Silver”
and headed south to Rundi’s. We spent a restful night there and then up Friday morning and off to Newport for our granddaughter’s 7th birthday party.
We arrived at their home and got to help with some of the decorations. They were using what we used to call “pipe cleaners” but now it is PC to call them “fuzzy sticks”. The theme for the party was “Winter Wonderland” and we were making snowflakes that the 12 7 year old girls (more about them later) could decorate.
Then we left home and headed to pick up the ready to bake pizza, then on to the Newport Community Center
Blow up balloons
hang up lights,
put out the teddy bears,
donated by grandma, get out the cake
and other refreshments.
12 excited 7 year old girls. When the guest arrived they got to make snowflakes
and of course they all brought gifts.
The girls had a snowball fight complete with forts to hide behind (cardboard forts with marshmallow snowballs)
I think daddy had as much if not more fun than the girls.
Time to have something to eat
and the largest squeals came from the girls playing in the blowing snow (nice touch with the snow machine).
More fun and games and then to the important part of cutting the cake ( Cari made the cake, of course)
and the pops were made of cake with frosting of some kind on them
It was fun and delicious all at once.
and opening the gifts
and a game with the teddy bears as prizes
and they all went home.
We waited until the morning, had breakfast at the girls favorite breakfast place and then we headed back north to get home for church on Sunday. Great trip and lots of fun.
Saturday morning the 17th, Barbara climbed into “Get’em up Scout”
and headed south to Rundi’s. She went down early to help get ready for Thanksgiving. Harlyn, Cari and the girls were coming up on Monday to assist also.
Wednesday, just after noon, one of our great neighbors took me to the Amtrak station in Tukwila where I boarded the Cascade train headed south.
The train was quite full and a young soldier got on in Tacoma and sat next to me. He is stationed at JBLM and was headed home to Eugene Or to spend the holidays with his family. Very interesting young man. He was a “civilian intelligence gather”. In non-military language that is an interrogator. He had some interesting stories but if he told me he would have to kill me.
I arrived at the Vancouver, WA station and Harlyn and his family picked me up. It is always great to see them; the two young girls have so much energy. More about that later. Rundi had to work late that night so we did not get to see her until after 10PM.
The rest of the evening was filled with Reegan and Ella practicing their “dismount” from the “beam”
The best that was scored was a 9.92 (I am a very hard judge)
Ella had learned to play Chinese checkers and so she taught me. I’m not sure of the exact rules but I know Ella’s. She won some and I won some.
Thanksgiving Day the house smelled very good early
and we had our dinner about 2:30. Of course I forgot to take the before photos, but did get some after ones.
After dinner we had some great homemade berry pie made by Cari.
Harlyn took the two girls to the park (part of the get rid of the energy program).
On the way home they found two Mormon Missionaries walking along the road,
so they picked them up and brought them home for dessert. Nice young men and we all had a great time. Harlyn would not let me harass them and pretend I knew little about their religion.
Rundi had to work Friday so she went to work, Harlyn, Cari and the girls left for home and Barbara and I checked for leaks in our eyelids and looked after Frankie (Rundi’s act).
Saturday morning we got into “Get’em up Scout”
and headed home for a dark but dry drive.
We have a lot to be thankful for this year and look forward to a great 2013. Cari made a Thankful Turkey
and we got to pin tail feathers on with the things we were thankful for. A great tradition and we look forward to adding more feather next year.